AIM Partner Spotlight
Pinetop Fire District (PFD) is vulnerable to catastrophic wildfire due to areas of heavily stocked ponderosa pine with interlocking canopies and a high tree density range of approximately 120-300 or more basal area/acre on private properties. These properties are adjacent to Apache Sitgreaves National Forest lands and under the threat of bi-directional transmission of fire. The affected area has an assessed property value of $131 million dollars and a population base of 9000 residents. This area includes over 3000 homes, businesses, and multifamily dwellings interspersed in continuous micro-forests of overstocked ponderosa pine the identified areas of concern. PFD has completed a community wildfire protection plan and the funding will complete mitigation treatments in Unit PLSL 24. This project will increase the community’s resilience to recover from wildfire by reducing fuel loading and creating defensible space, thereby improving firefighter safety through an improved work environment and creation of safe zones.
Pinetop Fire District has three objectives for reducing hazardous fuels on private property:
1) Reduce continuous tree canopies and overstocked tree density hazardous fuels to 80 basal area per square foot/acre,
2) Restore the historical fire regime by treating approximately 135 acres with a prescribed fire application on previously thinned properties,
3) Establish a chipping program in all Firewise USA® designated communities to ensure ongoing fuel mitigation and homeowner engagement.
Pinetop Fire District has accomplished the following in 2019:
- Hosted an event on April 27 & 28, 2019 at the Mesa Church Camp thinning 32 acres, chipping ladder fuels and ground cover.
- Held two community chipper day events. The Woodland Hills HOA held their event May 10 through May 20, 2019. The event removed two-30 cubic yard dumpsters of ladder fuels, leaf litter, and needle cast biomass from the community. Residents were instructed to bag all of their leaf and needle cast litter and small ladder fuel waste and drop off to the site. The fuels crew chipped on three occasions to reduce the biomass into the dumpsters for removal.
- Started the first acre property on April 10, 2019 in the White Mountain Summer Homes HOA today on the Shorb residence. The technical trees were removed by a contractor on May 8, 2019 and a fuels crew completed slash removal and chipping on May 9, 2019. The forest was thinned to 80 BA per square foot/acre.
- Prescribed burns on Forest Service land were completed in late May and early June. These burns are not a part of the grant, however, following completion of the Forest Service burn, Pinetop Fire District conducted a prescribed burn on June 6, 2019 with monitoring occurring through Saturday, June 8, 2019.
Developed in partnership with our Federal, State and regional partners, The Action, Implementation, and Mitigation Program (AIM) seeks to increase wildfire risk reduction activities in high risk communities. Selected participants in AIM will receive technical and financial support and become affiliate members of Coalitions and Collaboratives, Inc. (COCO).
- An action based group of wildfire mitigation practitioners who have received funding and/or support to complete risk reduction activities.
- Made up of wildfire risk reduction practitioners.
- A program aimed at increasing the diversity of funding available to allow organizations the ability to increase the scale and pace of mitigation activities.
- A complementary program to existing resources and programs currently underway.
AIM is not:
A new network intended to take the place of existing networks; such as the Fire Learning Network (FLN) or Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network (FAC) – This program is intended to complement the amazing work of these vital programs. To learn more about FLN and FAC please follow the links – Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network. Fire Learning Network.
Funding & Support
Coalitions and Collaboratives, Inc. (COCO), with support from private and the Federal funding, will be releasing several financial awards to organizations across the west to increase wildfire risk mitigation activities. Awards are intended to help accelerate Fire Adapted Community concepts, increase resiliency, and protect firefighters and communities. Funding will be provided to a wide array of organizations.
COCO provides direct support to place-based wildfire mitigation organization through pass-through grant funding, on-site engagement, mentoring and training on proven best mitigation practices.
COCO provides ongoing mentoring and support to funded groups focused on accomplishing wildfire risk-reduction actions, in order to ensure programmatic sustainability at a local level.
COCO provides direct financial, technical expertise, and subject matter expert resources to help high risk communities within the continental U.S.A. achieve their wildfire adaptation goals. Grant funding will be limited to a maximum award of $50,000.00.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)
To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Grant Recipients (AIM Partners)
Pinetop Fire Department (Pinetop, AZ)
Dovetail Partners (Ely, Minnesota)
Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed (Ft. Collins, CO)
West Region Wildfire Council (Montrose, CO)
Huerfano County, CO
Blackfoot Challenge (Ovando, MT)
Forest Stewards Guild (Santa Fe, NM)
Klamath Watershed Partnership (Klamath Falls, OR)
Mt. Adams Resource Stewards (Glenwood, WA)
Saws & Slaws (Boulder, CO)
Wildfire Adapted Partnership (Durango, CO)
Funding helps a community take action, but communities often need more than just money. The Mitigation Mentors program is built upon this concept. Mitigation Mentors will act as mentors, supporting AIM funded communities. Mitigation Mentors will work directly with the funded organization and be accessible to provide mitigation best practices, training, resources, guidance, and overall support to help funded communities increase their likelihood of success.
Mitigation Coach Responsibilities
- Act as a liaison between COCO and AIM funded Organizations
- Provide direct support – help design, implement, provide technical support, etc
- Be available to travel to organization’s site and provide direct on-site support
- Report back to COCO staff at predetermined times
- Ensure compliance with grant requirements (reports, budgeting, etc)
- Provide application for participation.
- Must be able to provide time/capacity (commitments will vary based on need).
- Eligible to receive Federal Funding (Individually or through your organization). The amount of time needed will likely vary and reimbursements will be based on a proposed hourly rate and individual agreements with each Mentor.
- Provide timely reporting of time, expense and narrative report to COCO.
- Extensive knowledge on partnerships, collaboration, mitigation and program development. Additional skills such as – grant management, data collection, reporting, program design and implementation, etc will be desired.
- Salary and travel reimbursement will be provided.
- Ability to increase professional skills.
- A chance to make a bigger difference – support start-ups and newer organizations as they embark upon their mitigation journey.
- Inclusion of professional bio and skills on COCO website
- Participation and support of a new and innovative approach to increase wildfire action at a national scale.
If you are interested in learning more about the COCO Mitigation Mentors program please contact Jonathan Bruno